What To Expect When Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney In Florida
by Aubrey Dicus on October 10th, 2018 in Personal Injury
Hiring a personal injury attorney in Florida requires a few steps regardless of the accident that occurred. A personal injury attorney who helps on your case needs as much information as you can provide, and you will find that the attorney can initiate a case for you. The suit that you file should follow all the steps below. You must abide by the rules for these cases in Florida, and you might find that the case is resolved quickly because of the work that your lawyer did.
1. Where Does Your Evidence Come From?
Evidence in your case must be collected as soon as possible. Your lawyer might ask you to take pictures of the scene, and they will ask you to save your clothes and shoes from that day. You might need to find eyewitnesses from the accident, and you must allow your lawyer to collate all this information. They will let you know what sort of case you have, and they will let you go if they have no case. Lawyers have an ethical duty to avoid all cases where evidence is not strong enough to proceed.
2. Can You Settle?
There are settlements reached every day in court, and you might have a chance to settle out of court so that you can end the suit that your lawyer filed. Your lawyer might negotiate on your behalf, and they will explain why they are asking for the amount of money they are asking for. Someone who plans to settle out of court is giving up their right to sue in the future. If you are comfortable with the settlement that you have received, you can stop the suit right there.
3. Who Can Be Sued For Damages?
You might sue a business because their negligence caused your accident, or you could sue a public entity for their negligence. Someone who owns property could be sued because of their negligence, and you might sue another driver if they hurt you in an accident. You must research who is truly to blame for the injury that you incurred, and you must ask your lawyer to look into who is truly responsible. Someone who plans to sue must also consider the ramifications of suing. Suing your employer could be tricky, or suing the local government might be difficult if they have a team of lawyers.
4. What Happens If You Go To Court?
You must be prepared by your lawyer for an appearance in court, and you must ask the lawyer if they have a plan to present your case. You could ask for a lot of money at the trial, and you are dependent on a judge or the jury to give you the compensation that you deserve. You must ask your lawyer what your chances are, and there are people who are afraid of being in court because of past experiences. Ask the lawyer if they can get your ready or close out the trial so that you are not testifying in front of a large group of people.
5. How Does Your Attorney Get Paid?
Your personal injury attorney does not get paid unless you get paid. There are a lot of people who will call an attorney hoping to have them look into a case, and the attorney will give you an assessment of the case. They will tell you what can be done to make your case more compelling, or they will give you a rate that you will be expected to pay when the case is closed. Do not sign off on anything until you know that the attorney has been incentivized to help you.
6. How Long Do These Cases Last?
The cases that are brought up for settlement take time to negotiate because both sides need to figure out how much they are willing to pay or accept. Someone who is concerned with making money from this process to pay their medical bills or make up for lost salary might need to wait until they get a better deal. Your lawyer will fun everything by you, and they will not close the case until you are happy. The case could take months to get to trial if you have to go to trial, and you must be patient with your attorney if they are still collecting evidence.
7. Who Qualifies For A Lawsuit?
Anyone can sue anyone for negligence at any time. You are not bound by local laws or statutes, and the only limitations are on the amount of the award that you are given. There are places where damages are capped, and your lawyer must have an idea of what that cap is so they know how to manage the case. Lawyers are familiar with the local justice system, and they also know the judges who will preside over your case. These connections make it easier for you to sue successfully, and you must find a lawyer who has been reviewed well by others.
8. The Case Supercedes Insurance
Your insurance company can only do so much for you when you are injured. The case that you file will supersede the insurance company, and they will be asked to stand aside while your attorney handles everything. There might be cases when your attorney will come from the insurance company, but you must speak to them before accepting that assignment.
9. Call Aubrey Dicuss at BRDM to assist you with your case every step of the way.
Aubrey is familiar with local laws, knows how to protect your rights, and will negotiate on your behalf. He will fight for the compensation that you know you deserve, and he will prepare you for anything that could happen. Aubrey might walk you through your settlement talks, or you could go to trial with your him because you know that you are entitled to compensation that will pay for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, and wages that were lost while you were disabled.